Andrew Scott, aka Hot Priest, was so cruelly snubbed by the Emmys that even Bradley Whitford is still thinking about it. The “Fleabag” star might get some justice at the Golden Globes, where he is not only expected to earn a nomination but a win as well. However, you may want to think twice before picking him to take home the statuette.
Scott would only be the fourth person this century to win the Globes’ catch-all Best TV Supporting Actor award for a comedy series. The other three are Robert Downey Jr., who won for his comeback on “Ally McBeal” in 2001, Jeremy Piven for “Entourage” in 2008 and Chris Colfer for “Glee” in 2011. Yup, it’d be nine years between victories for comedy players should Scott prevail in January. The situation is even more dire on the actress side: Only two winners this century have been for comedies, Kim Cattrall for “Sex in the City” in 2003 and Jane Lynch for “Glee” in 2011.
Since the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognizes all TV genres in the supporting categories, comedy has repeatedly but not shockingly gotten the short shrift. Voters favor the far more “serious” efforts of drama actors and the prestige of limited series, which are always dramas and many of which attract big-name stars, an HFPA fave.
The post-Colfer supporting actor winners were Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Ed Harris (“Game Change”), Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”), Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart”), Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”), Hugh Laurie (“The Night Manager”), Alexander Skarsgard (“Big Little Lies”) and Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal”). If you count “Big Little Lies” as a drama series, that’s an even four split between drama champs and limited series/TV movie champs.
When it comes to nominations, there were a few more comedy actors in the running in the 2000s, thanks to shows like “Entourage,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Frasier” and perennial Globes loser “Will & Grace.” But in the past decade, there have only been seven nominees hailing from comedies. In fact, until Alan Arkin‘s and Henry Winkler‘s bids last year for “The Kominsky Method” and “Barry,” respectively, there hadn’t been a comedy nominee in the category in six years. Including Colfer, the others were all at the beginning of the decade: Eric Stonestreet nabbed three bids in a row from 2011-13 and Max Greenfield made the cut for “New Girl” in 2013.
So on paper, it doesn’t look good for Scott, but the big difference between him and these also-rans is that “Fleabag” and Hot Priest became phenomenons. Both the show and him have the buzz and adoration to go all the way; it just depends on how generous the HFPA, which loves to spread the wealth, is feeling. “Fleabag” is also the favorite in comedy series and actress for Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The last comedy to win three Globes in a year was “Glee” in 2011.
Trailing Scott in second place in our odds is Stellan Skarsgard (“Chernobyl”), Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Dinklage and Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale”).
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